RWA Annual Conference

Every year, the Romance Writer’s of America has this huge, annual conference where literally thousands of romance writers, agents and editors gather in one hotel for several days of workshops, book signings, parties, and awards. And this year, I went! It was a little bit terrifying, and a whole lot amazing.

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Me, Lori Wilde, and Annie Rains

My first night in Atlanta was the RWA Literacy Signing, where over 400 published authors gathered to sign books to benefit literacy. I met most of my favorite authors, and they were all SO nice, so friendly and approachable. It was really amazing.

I met my teacher and mentor, Lori Wilde, and she is even more fabulous in person! Three years ago, she kicked my butt and showed me how much I still needed to learn. I am so honored to have had her guidance along the way. Lori is amazing!

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Rachel Kall, Shannon Richard, our lovely agent Sarah Younger, and me.

I also met my agent and my editor, attended too many great workshops to name, and even a few parties.

The highlight of the week was Saturday night’s Golden Heart and Rita Awards Ceremony. This is the “Oscars” of romance writing, and it was amazing to be there, watching the awards being given out.

 

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My critique partner and conference-roomie Annie Rains and me before the awards ceremony.

This conference was epic for me. Not only for all the amazing people I met and all the new information I learned, but also for the overall shift in my attitude toward actually seeing myself as a soon-to-be-published romance author, and not just a shy girl writing stories at home on her laptop :)

See the rest of my pictures from RWA13 here.